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Coaching Strategies and Techniques: Building Empowered and Collaborative Teams by Applying Principles of Chamber Music Pedagogy
Testimonials from Weatherhead School of Management Students
Student #3: Inspiring experience
Having played in the orchestra before, I could not imagine playing an instrument without a conductor. This experience was very eye opening in that it showed me that communication does not have to be centralized to just one person. I liked how they showed us the unique ways each person communicated, and how everyone else picked up on that person’s “cues”. They created a new “language” of communication between each other in order to create an amazing melody together. Overall, it helped me understand how I could improve my ability to be more socially aware of my peers and their emotions. The quartet inspired me to pay attention to the details and learn from them so I can be a better peer to my friends.
Student #5: reflection on team working and more
Great experience! It was my second time sitting somewhere so close to a string quartet. However, unlike the first time, this time, it is more about learning the form of team working skills and strategy rather than just simply appreciating the music. With that being said, the performance was phenomenal, which showed us what a great result a great team can deliver!
Two important things I’ve learned from them. First, being a good team player you need to be willing to make compromises! It resonates with me the most, as a lot of times it is also my strategy to avoid conflicts in the team. Second, just like music instruments have different tones and play different roles in a harmonious quartet. A good team is also built on an open, honest and diverse environment, where everyone’s voice can be heard and respected.
Student #6: Wonderful learning experience
It was a wonderful learning experience with Cavani String Quartet. I have never experienced such a learning activity before and in fact this was my first music concert. What amazed me was how the team members could communicate effectively each other with just visual cues. I feel such impeccable performance was possible only because the team members know very well each other and were able to connect emotionally. After watching this performance, I realized the value addition an effective team communication can have.
Student #13: Cavani String Quartet
Learning from the Cavani string quartet was definitely an experience to remember. I came into the morning without any idea of what to expect and ended up leaving with a deep appreciation for the complexity of chamber music and small group functioning. They embodied the ultimate qualities of what it meant to be a highly functioning team and I thought this was a perfect way to reinforce key concepts of team dynamics we have been learning in the classroom. What particularly stood out to me were the nonverbal cues, mainly the glaring eye contact and facial expressions used to remain in synchrony.
Also, the idea that there is no one true leader of the team resonated with me the most. Each team member “led” when appropriate and they used each other’s energy to feel out a pace that was appropriate for each part of a song. I could not agree more that empowering everyone on the team to lead is crucial for involvement of team members and confidence in making a significant contribution to the team effort. The best leaders lead without making their presence felt, which makes it seem as if the whole team were leading the group. I think this element of the team was critical to how quickly they could pick up a song and perform it flawlessly (at least to my ears) after only 4 days. I hope to lead a team with such coherence in the future.